Acting Sec. of Defense: I don't see a national emergency now. I didn't even speak with Trump.
The Acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick M. Shanahan, who is currently running the Pentagon after General Secretary Mattis's sudden resignation, isn't sure there's even a national emergency right now at the United States' southern border with Mexico.
According to ABC New's Meridityh McGraw, Shanahan told reporters that he still hasn't determined if there is even a need for the military to build a border wall. Not only that but he's not sure how much the Defense Department will even spend.
To top it all off on how absurd and unorganized the current administration is: Shanahan hasn't even spoken to President Trump yet about the "national emergency."
Here's why Shanahan's comments are important, besides the obvious: When Trump declared the national emergency, that allowed him, at least temporarily, to request Defense funds to go through with his wall construction. But, the weird thing is, he hasn't even coordinated those plans with the Pentagon. It's all very confusing. It just leaves people with more questions than we'd think were possible.
It was assumed that Trump was prepared for this, but the announcement by Shanahan appears to be a direct slap in the face to Trump. Is Shanahan purposefully undermining the president? We still don't know yet. Mattis did, so it's not outside the question.
“We always anticipated that this would create a lot of attention and since moneys potentially could be redirected, you can imagine the concern this generates,” he said while traveling with reporters back from his trip to Afghanistan, the Middle East and Europe.
“Very deliberately, we have not made any decisions, we have identified the steps we would take to make those decisions,” Shanahan said.
Up until this time, it had been reported that President Trump had planned to use nearly $7 billion from other projects in order to fund the wall, including $3.6 billion from the military construction budget and another $2.5 billion from the Defense Department drug interdiction fund.